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Gregory L. Lappe

May 9, 1919 — October 22, 2020

Gregory L. Lappe

Gregory Leonard Lappe was born on May 9, 1919, the son of Matt and Helen (Flies) Lappe. He passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at Atlantic Specialty Care in Atlantic, Iowa at the age of 101 years, 5 months and 13 days.

Gregory was born at home near Carroll, Iowa and attended St. Peter and Paul Grade School in Carroll. On August 30, 1940, he was united in marriage with Gladys Dorothy Stangl. The couple moved to Chicago, Illinois. Gregory worked at the Steel Mills in Gary, Indiana and drove taxi in the evenings in Chicago, Illinois. After several months they moved back to Carroll, Iowa. In 1943, they moved to a farm near Guthrie Ceneter, Iowa for two years. In 1945, they relocated to a farm east of Exira, Iowa, where they resided for 66 years.

Gregory was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Adair, Iowa. He enjoyed farming, raising livestock and poultry. He also did custom combining and baling hay in his community, was a salesman for Cargill Seed corn, and a distributor for Nutrilite Food Supplements.

In his past time he enjoyed football, fishing, hunting, and playing checkers and cards. After retiring he took up gardening and sold fresh vegetables at several farmers markets for over 25 years along with his wife, Gladys.

Gregory was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys; one son, Kenneth; one great-granddaughter, Catherine Marie Lappe; five brothers, Hubert, Graydon, Reynold, Clarence and Wilbur Lappe; and three sisters, Catherine Lappe, Hilda Franks and Lucille Scolara.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen K. Riha and Sharon L. Witt and her husband, Dennis; daughter-in-law, Peggy Lappe, all of Atlantic, Iowa; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

A visitation with the family present will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 26, 2020, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic. Burial will be at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. The service will be recorded and available at in the days to follow the service.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Gregory’s family and arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Slideshow and Mass of Christian Burial (service starts at 5:00)


Gregory L. Lappe

May 9, 1919 - Carroll, Iowa

October 22, 2020 - Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of 101 years, 5 months & 13 days

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 26, 2020
Roland Funeral Home - Atlantic, Iowa

Private Family Service
SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church - Atlantic, Iowa

Father Trevor Chicoine

Elsa Casey

Diedre Casey

Processional - “Amazing Grace”
Offertory - “Ave Maria”
Communion - “Be Not Afraid”
Recessional - “How Great Thou Art”

Tony Salzar
Brent Leighton
Dan Gould
Anthony Lappe

SS Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa
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